Hannah Senesh is one of Israel's greatest national heroines. A native of Hungary, she moved to Palestine just before the Second World War and later volunteered to join an elite parachute corps formed by the British. She dropped behind Nazi lines in Yugoslavia where she joined the partisans and later made her way across the border to Hungary to warn the Jewish population of their impending fate. She was captured, brutally tortured, and finally executed at the age of twenty-three.
Like Anne Frank, she kept a diary from the time she was thirteen. It is a deeply sincere and sensitive statement of her innermost life, and written without vanity or any posturing bravura. Behind the diary and the poems there stands an extraordinary human being: she volunteered for the most dangerous of all jobs, took a risk, and lost.
Hannah Senesh : her life & diary includes not only the diary but many of Hannah Senesh's poems, which today are memorized by Israeli schoolchildren; a memoir by her mother; and accounts by parachutists who accompanied here on her final mission.—Book jacket